[REPORT] Don't Fall For The Dark Side of THIS Popular Drink
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
The other day I was reading an article on “nutrition myths” that sparked quite the conversation in my social groups.
In the article, one of the myths was on diet soda.
Now, my take on diet soda has changed over the years.
I once thought it was a great low-calorie drink that could aid in fat loss.
However, after reading the research, I have come to the conclusion that diet soda should be AVOIDED if you want to lose fat, reduce your risk for diabetes and heart disease, and in general for better health.
However, this article said something different…
The Myth of Diet Soda
So, here’s the myth: Diet soda will make you fat and destroy your health.
In the article they said that this myth was completely unfounded and, according to a new study, could actually aid in greater fat loss when compared to those who just drank water.
So, I had to read the study!
In the study they showed that people who drank diet soda lost 14 pounds whereas the water group only lost NINE pounds.
That’s a pretty stark difference, right?
But here’s the problem with the study: It was funded by the American Food and Beverage Association.
So what’s the big deal?
Research funded by a certain organization – in this case the Food and Beverage Association – typically find the results they are looking for.
In this case, better fat loss results without any adverse health issues.
And guess what? This is exactly what the study concluded: better fat loss by drinking diet soda when compared to water.
Now, I was blown away that someone would tout the benefits of diet soda when there is so much negative surrounding it.
Diet soda, which is a low-calorie drink that is advertised for fat loss seekers and diabetics alike, has been used for years as a way to improve health.
The reason: This drink contains zero grams of sugar, and instead, contains artificial sweeteners like aspartame and nutrasweet.
But here’s the deal: Artificial sweeteners have been linked to increased food cravings (sugary food mostly), diabetes, fat gain, and cancer.
Don’t believe me…
A study involving mice showed that mice who were given artificial sweeteners showed increased caloric intake, increased body weight, and increased adiposity (fat mass) compared to those who had a sugar-sweetened meal.
And to make matters worse, the mice fed artificial sweeteners were unable to decipher between foods that tasted sweet and high in calories, to foods that are healthier for you and lower in calories.
All due to artificial sweeteners! So, what do you think is happening when you drink diet soda?
Take Home Message
Diet soda has been the go-to drink for years for diabetics and those looking to shed some ugly belly fat.
With the low-calorie, zero grams of sugar, diet soda has become a fast-moving drink choice for many people.
However, according to new studies (funded by big food), diet soda may not be as bad as it used to be.
But are they right? Is it a better option?
It may be, but it may also not be. Studies suggest that diet soda may spike food cravings, alter your blood sugar, cause fat gain, and even alter the way your body perceives food.
This could lead to unwanted fat gain, excess belly fat, and fat covering your hips, butt, and thighs.
So, should you drink diet soda for fat loss?
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